The Smart Set: Lauren Cerand’s weekly events

The Smart Set is a weekly feature, compiled and posted by Lauren Cerand, that usually appears Mondays at 12:30 pm, and highlights the best of the week to come. Special favor is given to New York’s independent booksellers and venues, and low-cost and free events. Please send details to Ms. Cerand at lauren [at] by the Thursday prior to publication. Due to the volume of submissions, events cannot be considered unless the date appears in the subject line of your message.

TUE, JUN 17: “Rebecca Haile, will be reading from her book, Held at a Distance: My Rediscovery of Ethiopia,” at the Countee Cullen Library in Harlem (related: an interview and excerpt at NPR). 6PM, FREE.

WED, JUN 18: SIP LIT, a monthly series of readings in a café(located at 998 Amsterdam Avenue between 109th and 110th Streets), presents an evening with gifted writers from the Bronx Academy of Letters, “one of New York’s highest-rated public schools. Its principal, Joan Sullivan, author of An American Voter: My Love Affair with Presidential Politics, founded the school in 2003. Last year, Rick Whitaker initiated a Professional Writing Seminar for talented students in the school, and this reading will feature the work these students have prepared during the past academic year.” 8PM, FREE.

THU, JUN 19: Allen Gallery hosts an opening for an exhibition of work by Caroline Falby. Highly recommended. 6-8PM, FREE. And, at the Slipper Room, “A drunken party disguised as a reading, Literary Upstart gives young writers a chance to read their work in front of a discerning panel of literary big-wigs. The competition is emceed by Jonny Diamond, The L Magazine’s Editor-in-Chief, and judged by the New Yorker’s Ben Greenman, Simon & Schuster editor Ursula Cary, Curtis Brown literary agent Katherine Fausset and The L Magazine’s resident lush, Adam Bonislawski. Come, relax, drink, and enjoy short short literature at its finest.” [Full disclosure, as always: Ben Greenman is one of my publicity clients.] 7-9PM, FREE.

FRI, JUN 20: At Anthology Film Archives, “A one-of-a-kind event, with four screenings of selected work by the great avant-garde filmmaker Kenneth Anger, and the cine- & video-dance pioneer Amy Greenfield. The filmmakers will be present to talk and answer questions on cinema-dance-eros – in their own and in each other’s work. While the erotic as carnal and transcendent poetry is a given for both filmmakers, the deep influence of dance in Anger’s films is not widely known (he trained as a dancer in his youth, and one of his unfinished projects was a film of Jean Cocteau’s ballet, LE JEUNE HOMME ET LA MORT), nor is his sense of connection with Greenfield’s work: he has spoken of her CLUB MIDNIGHT and DARK SEQUINS as a continuation of his own PUCE MOMENT. In both filmmakers’ work, individual, radical ‘languages’ of motion become the connective tissue between eros and ritual, the seen and the invisible.” 7PM, $8.

SAT, JUN 21: Will Smith appears at MoMA for a gallery talk on a fascinating exhibition: “Featuring works that transform books through a variety of mediums, Book/Shelf stresses an expanded notion of the illustrated book.” 11:30AM.

SUN, JUN 22: “BLESS is a visionary substitute to make the near future worth living for. She is an outspoken female – more woman than girl. She’s not a chosen beauty, but doesn’t go unnoticed. Without a definite age she could be more between her mid twenties and forties. B. hangs around with a special style of man…” Meet (or become) her at BLESS Shop #20 at Ludlow 38 during the opening reception on Sunday afternoon from 2-6PM [Full disclosure, as always: I am the publicist for Ludlow 38]. FREE.


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